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Biodiversity and Environmental Threats

Christer Brönmark and Lars-Anders Hansson

in The Biology of Lakes and Ponds

Published in print October 2017 | ISBN: 9780198713593
Published online December 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191781902 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198713593.003.0006

Series: Biology of Habitats Series

Biodiversity and Environmental Threats

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The last chapter of Lakes and Ponds deals with how human activities affect the natural ecosystems and their function through eutrophication, contamination, acidification, brownification and increases in UV radiation, and how such anthropogenic disturbances may affect biodiversity and the ability of organisms to utilize a specific habitat. In addition, the chapter addresses novel environmental threats, such as global climate change and effects from our everyday chemicals, such as contraceptives, nanoparticles and antidepressant drugs. However, also possibilities and signs of improvement are discussed, providing hope for coming generations.

Keywords: Biodiversity; environment; ecosystem function; species richness; restoration; paleolimnology; eutrophication; acidification; brownification; biomanipulation; endocrine disruptor; contamination; global climate change; ultraviolet radiation; invasive species; GMO; global warming

Chapter.  23537 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology ; Animal Pathology and Diseases

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